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Postings from 1999
Postings from 2000
Name:Wes and Annetta Ballard
City:Williamston SC 29697
Date:3 October 1999
Comments: Nice website! Looks great. Loads quickly. Well organized. Good information!
Name: Jim Rosso
Congratulations. Good luck on this site. I look forward to exploring it. I will pass it on to my colleagues in our doctoral program in educational technology through Pepperdine University.
Name: PHILIP T. JOHNSON, DVM
city: CHAPEL HILL
THE RTH IS A VERY POPULAR CRITTER AROUND CHAPEL HILL, NC. I BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL BAROMETER. CONSEQUENTLY, ANY AND ALL THINGS THAT WE LEARN ABOUT THESE SMALL, DELICATE CREATURES WILL BE OF IMMEASURABLE VALUE TO US ALL.
Name: J.B. Hines
Name: Ed Henckel
city: Mt Bethel
I haven't waded through all of the site as yet but will do so ASP. Just one comment, it may just be my computer but, on your home page the left hand side column runs into the details for that column and I can't read some of the words, but enough to make out what it's all about.
Name: Marcee Toliver
I love the site. I teach science to a home school group of 9 middle school age children and plan on proposing this as a good interdisciplinary project for us to be involved in.
Do you have activities that we can do over the winter, or do we need to wait for the spring season to begin?
Name: Charles Lewis
The site is loking great and the plugins are working this time! Keep it up; I'll try to vidsit from time-to-time. Charles PS does this thing or do I have to do it myself?!
Name: m.Lad. Topolsky
Name: Raymond A. Carter
Very nice site, I'll be very interested in seeing how things progress. Best of luck in your search for a way to open the minds of the young people of the world.
Name: Bill Gould
Name: Donell Cullen
Name: CECIL TARVER
LOOKING FORWARD TO A VERY INTERESTING SITE. I AM NOT AN EXPERT, JUST A BIRDER
Name: Stephane MONIOTTE
One word: Nice ! I'll try to vidsit from time-to-time. Keep up the good job. StÈphane.
Name: Lois and Ernest Snavely
Name: Bob Humphries
Name: Frederick W. Walker
city: Forest Hill
Congratulations and good luck on your new website. I plan to "advertise" it to our progressive high School, the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and to my home-schooled patients.
Keep up the good work.
Name: Karen Taylor
Congratulations Bill, Looks like a great new place to get info on Hummers. Karen Taylor, from Humnet.
Name: Margaret Stanley
Name: Eugene P. Keferl
Name: Gary L Witmer
Very fascinating site and concept. We did Cornell's Classroom Feeder Watch last year, and I like the "real science" and interdisciplinary aspects. One consideration: RTHU presence does not coincide with much of the school year up here in northern PA. Nonetheless, I will watch this project and consider implementation.
I appreciate your openess to homeschoolers - that's what we are. (And even though this is not about computer "wars", I liked seeing the declaration that your site was produced on a Mac!)
Name: Karen Stirrup
WE used to have ruby-throated hummers here last year, we had flowers that they liked. Many years ago we had lots if hummers at our azalea bushes in the spring. I would like to help the hummingbirds. We enjoy them. Diana
Name: D'Avril Allen
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Good for you Bill ... I wish you lots of luck with this. I saw the last of our cottage hummers on Sept 11 this year and they are sadly missed. I would like to leave my correct latitude & longitude but I can't seem to get a handle on a positive reading. My work postal code is spread all over this town - over 12 miles. It would be good to have a way to calculate this. Do you know of a site that can help me in Southern Ontario?
Name: Jorge Benitez-Rodriguez
city: Xalapa, Veracruz
I saw your messages about ruby-throathed project at some electronic lists, you must check again the spanish traslation because I noted many serious mistakes (even in some parts one can not understand it). I am a graduate student at Instituto de EcologÌa, A.C. and professor at Faculty of Biology of Universidad Veracruzana, in Xalapa, Veracruz, MÈxico. My PhD thesis will be on phenotypic plasticity in a warbler species inhabiting cloud forest remnants. If you believe I can help your project in the Xalapa area, please don not hesitate in contact me. Keep up the good work!!
Jorge Benitez-Rodriguez Programa de Posgrado en Ecologia y Manejo de Recursos Naturales Instituto de EcologÌa, A.C. Km. 2.5 carr. antigua Xalapa-Coatepec 91000 Xalapa, Veracruz. MÈxico Tel. (28) 421800 (ext. 1204) http://www.ecologia.edu.mx/ http://www.uv.mx/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
city: North Little Rock
Came upon your site while I was searching for a book on identifying hummingbirds. The Ruby Throats are easy for me to pick out but i think we are seeing some other species. Next summer when my feeder is out and I'm tracking htem more, i will revisit and see if i have anything to contribute to Operation Ruby Throat
? I really would like a recommendation on an identification book dedicated to hummingbirds in Ontario/Canada/North America? In advance , Thanks for a possible reply Pegg
Name: Cindy Johnson
We love watching our "Hummers" We especially enjoyed the enormous amount of them this summer. I still have feeders out but haven't enjoyed their presence in a couple of weeks. I actually put out fresh food today, hopefully we will have a visitor or two soon. We have a 3 year old who also likes to watch for the "Hummers" as she calls them. We had a problem with them getting in our garage a couple of times this summer and were able to catch them and release them. They are such precious little gems from God!
Happy Birding! Cindy Johnson
Name: Van & Debbie McWhorter
Mr. Hilton! I ran across your homepage on Thurs. You really have a neat website. I am from Easley SC. Would love to visit your center on one of my trips to S.C. Keep up the good work. Our last ruby throat was here on the 11th. I plan on signing on with you ref. tracking the ruby throats.
Till later! Van & Debbie
Name: Beverly Pickering
city: Oak Harbor
Name: travis miles
I THINK IT;S A WONDERFUL THING THAT YOUR
DOING AND I HOPE THAT THE PROGRAM KEEPS GOING
YOUR NEW FRIEND; TRAVIS S. MILES
Name: Jennie Duberstein
Que programa fantastica! Esta es una idea buena, y muy importante para la conservacion de aves migratorios, especialmente los colibris. Espero que muchos clases y alumnos tienen la oportunidad a participar. Si alguien quiere actividades en espanol sobre las aves migratorios y las aves en general, escribeme!
Jennie Duberstein Youth Program Coordinator Colorado Bird Observatory
Name: Ruby J. Good
city: Elizabeth City
I have been feeding them for 5 years and I love to watch there moves. Now that I sawyou peace on TV. I will be looking for a band.
Name: Bob Paradise
Name: Melissa Smith
Enjoyed the tour -- esp the range map.
Name: william rowland
I watched a banding of a Hummer and am very concerned that this process upsets the birds and puts them at risk for shock.
I am also concerned that they bands might interfer with the birds usuage of their legs legs as they are so tiny compared to a duck's leg and because of this appear much more difficult to band than that of a goose.
We have had hummers come to us almost every year especially when we had pine trees that they could hide in. However, my parents decided that the trees had to go and when they were cut the birds stopped coming around for a while.
I would like to get a hummingbird haven started--with all their needs in one place but my biggest concern is getting a fountain that they can bathe in without fear of drowning--any suggestions????
Name: Barbara N. Strickland
Thank you for the work you do with this wonderful bird. I love to feed and watch Ruby. I also collect anything with a hummer on it. My collection is large and very unusual. I even have a printed circuit board with a hummer on it. The company I work for produces these for a car manufacturer! All my family and friends give me hummers for every special occasion I have. My husband especially teases about the $35 plates I have from Bradford Exchange that we cannot eat out of. But he still looks everywhere we go for new things. I eat, drink, and sleep hummers. How can I particapate in this program as an individual? Again thank you.
Name: John P. Savage
city: New Bern
I read your comments on what to do when a hummer gets trapped inside a garage. I have another answer. I too found it works well to hang a feeder from the door, but when the hummer still won't go out, I wait untill about dusk and close the garage door. As it gets dark inside the garage, the hummer will land and start to roost for the night. At this point I simply can reach out and gently catch the hummer in my hand and being careful untill it releases it's hold to what it's perched on, I carry it outside and open my hand and let it fly away. By the way, during the summer I am feeding 40+ hummers. What a site they are!
Name: robert davis
I purchased a hummingbird feeder this summer and only observed a few hummingbirds utilizing the feeder. I have since planted two bushes that attract hummingbirds. Any suggestions on attracting more in the spring? Also, how often should the liquid be changed?
Name: CARLENE HARVEY
I REALLY ENJOY WATCHING THE HUMMINGBIRDS THAT COME TO VISIT MY FEEDER IN THE SPRING, SUMMER, AND EARLY FALL MONTHS. I HAVE ALSO PLANTED HUMMINGBIRD FRIENDLY FLOWERS IN MY FLOWER GARDEN. I HOPE THEY KEEP COMING BACK. WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY THEY ARE SO "GREEDY". IT SEEMS THAT ONE WILL KEEP ALL OTHERS AWAY REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY I HAVE HANGING IN MY YARD. THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY ONE BIRD COULD EAT ALL THAT FOOD!!
Name: Don Revell
Im an avid bird watcher. I have 11 boxes and Martin gourds in my yard. Three feeders and a hummingbird feeder. Saw part of your show on tv and got the web site. Great information. Don Revell
Name: Patricia Guzman
I raise birds such as Cockatiels, LoveBirds,etc. and really enjoy all birds and I am also an educator would love to be a part of this program. Patricia Guzman
Name: Wanda Forrest
I have been feeding hummers for many years, and love watching them. I just wish I had found your website before I retired. My students would have loved the information you provide. You have done an excellent job!
Name: Russell Rogers
It looks real good.
Name: Phil Mc Crevis
Wow what a great web site. I have never found one so tittilizing about the ruby throat!!!!
Name: Kimberly Distel
I am a 6th grader at Lakeshore Middle School. I'm doing a special project which I've chosen to be about hummingbirds. I like your website. It's giving me lots of information and maps which I needed, especially for the migration patterns. I'm going to do a special map showing color bands as the migration moves north in the spring for the rubythroat and other breeds I've taken notes on. Thank You ;)
Name: Gary Fowler
Fantastic site! I hope all this goes well and we all learn much more about hummers!
Name: Ellie Womack
Hi, Bill! This site has great potential and promise. It is unique among hummer sites, offering teachers and students instant access to international hummingbird experts. I'll watch with interest for new developments. Good Luck! Ellie Womack, Hummingbird Bander in Grove, northeast Oklahoma.
This is a neat site to explore. I will be spending time here as my schedule permits. I have flowers and feeders. NO HUMMERS. My neighbor across the street has one Ginger Lily and several hummers. ???????????? Marbe
Name: Billie Green
city: Thousand Oaks
Great website. Thanks so much for your prompt reply to my e-mailed question about nest construction!
Name: Robert P. Yunick
Bill - I enjoyed the walk through on this web site. Thanks for putting all that effort into it. You need to review it for some spelling errors. As I viewed it, the photo quality was rather poor. I could barely recognize the subject matter in the photo, but maybe that is a problem with my computer.
Name: Ellen Pluta
We have been observing the ruby-throat for several years. Noting great behavior between juveniles. I am looking foreward to more information from your site. Keep us all informed.
Name: Leonard Helms
city: Rock Hill
Great web site Bill! Great idea. I'm back in town after having spent a stint in the Arizonan Sonoran desert. Check with Kevin Craig for details if he hasn't already forwarded you the e-mail I sent him. I thought I was having a flashback experience for a moment when I saw him in the lunch room at the Microsoft site in Charlotte. He informed me you were back in town as well. A search on webcrawler.com directed me to this site. - Leonard Helms
Name: Carol Drye
city: Browns Summit
I caught your work on Carolina Out Doors. My wife and I watch hummers every year I would like to know more about how to attract hummers and provide things they like. C.E.Garrison 2418 Farm Gate rd Browns Summit N.C.27214.
Name: William R.Purvis
We enjoyed your segment on P.B.S. Keep up the good work on Hummingbirds.
If I ever see any tagged Hummingbirds I will be sure to notifiy you.
Name: Tom Warner
city: Fort Payne
Great site! Happy Holidays
Name: Kazuo Takayama
Do you have more picture? I'm superise. very beautiful.
as your regardes.
Name: Kelly Davis
city: Swan Quarter
This looks great! Hope we can help you make it a success. Kelly
Name: Asa Haglund
Name: Helena Weltman
city: Los Altos
Do I need to add protein to the sugar solution I am feeding "my" hummingbirds with? If so, what kind of protein should I add and in what amount? I noticed last winter that some of the hummingbirds seemed to be coping badly during the winter months. What can I do to help them more efficiently?
Name: J.D. White
Loved your site and the pictures of the hummingbirds. I'm an artist and I love painting wildlife for people to enjoy. Check out my painting of the Ruby-throated hummingbird on my website and please send comments. Keep up the good work and I will keep checking back for inspiration. J.D. White
Name: Terrence J. Little
Nice site with lots of good information. My site features photos of ruby throats
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Name: Elizabeth Moody-Smith
city: Surfside Beach
I am a sixth grade teacher of math and science at St. James Middle School
in Surfside Beach, SC. I am a novice birder and plan on registering one
group with Operation Rubythroat. My sister, who resides in Murrell's Inlet,
has had a healthy female rubythroat visit her feeder since December 26th!
Also, I was fortunate enough to travel to Greer, SC,(on Dec. 27th) to see
the beautiful Calliope whose visit made a first SC state record! What an
exciting winter season it has been.
Name: Bill Malarkey
Good Afternoon, Bill;
Sorry I can't get you to sign your book "again" for me but rest assured, I'll be seeing you again this summer at Hawk Mountain. Hope to bring more visitors so they too can enjoy a "small" bit of nature "Close Up" I'm so glad I found your website--more to enjoy in the off months.
Name: Ursula H. Hughs
Is this the famous Hummimgbird Gallery? Or is there another Hummingbird Gallery of the Owners Michael and Patricia Fogden, the Nature Photographers, who have the Gallery rented out to Patricia Maynard. I have not been able to reach anyone since some of my art designs are down there. I hope that you can help me.
Best regards Ursula H. Hughs
Name: Mary Ann Yuro
I have been putting out hummingbird feeders the last two summers and followed all the directions as to what to feed and what to use. I have been unsucessful so far. Is it possible that I do not have any in my immediate area.
I also have a place in the adirdondack mountains, I have no trouble getting them there.
Name: Sharon Rupp
I feed the hummingbirds each year and have only about 5 or 6. Each year I have added to the number of plants to attract both them and butterflies. could the fact that I also feed the cats of the neighborhood, not to mention 5 that I have adopted, account for the low number of birds that I see. I also have a feeder year round of sunflower seeds for other birds. I live in a sub-division of houses, with a large number of pine trees, and not much shade. This greatly limits what I am able to plant.
Keep up the good work!
Name: Drew Panko
Name: C Werner
Thank you for helping me with research for a school report. The information you offer is terrific!
Name: Michael & Donna Barry
city: East Taunton
Name: Crystal Jackson
The website is an awesome resource for environmental educators, such as myself!
I can't wait to incorporate some of the activities into some upcoming programs.
I'm originally from Charlotte, NC, USA and never knew about your nature center.
When I'm up that way again I will definitely visit!
Name: Isaac Rynn
Interesting web site. I found surfing on the web looking for information for my grade 5 school project.
Name: Bob Piccola
I have tried to attract hummers for 1 or 2 years. Late last summer I finaly got 1 sometimes 2. I enjoy watching them. I feed the birds all year along, and find great pleasure to escape the real world for a few moments on watching the birds at the feeder. Will the hummers I attracted come back? My wife and I plan on planting more flower to attract even more.
As an active member of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and newsletter editor for that group, I plan to publicize your website, and hopefully get others to contribute hummingbird data and observations from Southeast Tennessee.
Name: joseph homaidan
city: wesminster 21157
Please I would like to know the average length and weight of the ruby-throated
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